On Tuesday, the Browns waived Smith. A league source said he did not ask for his release.
Eighty-three days after Smith watched his girlfriend die, 83 days after he was thrust into the role Newport 100s Box of single father, 83 days after his unimaginable heartbreak and 82 days after Kitchens saying Smith was family, he was cut.
How would you be functioning in that situation? How should we expect someone to focus and perform when something so tragic happens, especially when you were witness to it?
Smith was in uniform on Sept. 16 for a Monday night game against the New York Jets, just days after Cordero died. He said at the time she would have wanted him to play. He played in the games that followed as well, until he was a healthy scratch for the Browns’ most recent game, the rematch against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Because Smith is a veteran, he can collect termination pay and receive his full 2019 salary. Small consolation Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes in a time like this.
We’re not ignorant to the reality of NFL rosters but other teams have had similar situations and have taken care of the player, showing that the “football is family” commercials shown repeatedly during NFL games isn’t just a shallow idea.